Gruen, Offspring beat Doctor Doctor debut.


Nine’s bold decision to pit Doctor Doctor against Offspring appears to have cost it some viewers with the new rural drama landing third in its timeslot.

It was Gruen that came out on top with 815,000 viewers, closely followed by Offspring‘s finale at 810,000. Doctor Doctor drew 759,000, down around 92,000 from its Block lead in. The new drama however attracted positive social media commentary and did respectably in the demos behind Offspring.

The penultimate episode of The Bachelor was a winner for TEN, at an impressive 909,000 viewers and topped the Demos. It was also best in the entertainment stakes, but The Block was not far behind.

Seven News topped the night again but thereafter there wasn’t much to get excited about in primetime.

Nine network won Wednesday won with 27.4% then Seven 24.6%, TEN 22.1%, ABC 18.7% and SBS 7.1%.

Nine News (927,000 / 924,000) was best for Nine then The Block (851,000), A Current Affair (827,000), Doctor Doctor (759,000) and Hot Seat (521,000). Amazing Medical Stories was 271,000.

Seven News was #1 with 1.07m / 1.02m for Seven then Home and Away (705,000), Border Security (619,000 in 4 cities), The Chase (587,000 / 407,000), The Force (442,000 in 3 cities) and The Durrells (386,000 / 377,000).

The Bachelor (909,000) was best for TEN. Offspring wrapped with 810,000, The Project was 625,000 / 440,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 479,000 and NCIS: LA was 256,000.

Gruen (815,000) won for ABC then ABC News (785,000), Anh’s Brush with Fame (755,000), 7:30 (674,000), The Katering Show (543,000), You Can’t Ask That (371,000), QI (320,000) and Pointless (254,000).

On SBS it was Great American Railroad Journeys (335,000), 24 Hours in Emergency (246,000), The Secret (121,000) and SBS World News (119,000).

ABC2’s Octonauts led multichannels with 278,000.

Sunrise: 317,000
Today: 308,000
ABC News Breakfast: 106,000 / 58,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 14 September 2016.


  1. I know it’s all about the ratings, but I wish networks would stop pitting Aussie shows against each other. Starting a new series the same night as the Offspring finale seems ludicrous to me. It’s like they set these shows up to fail.

  2. I watched Great American Railroad Journeys (SBS) then The Durrells…it is sad it did not rate well …I loved it…but yes…double eps. this and last week did not help, I feel…although most series I like seems to be the death knell for for them…sadly….
    Doctor Doctor…[email protected] Angela….’he’s just too smug and unlikeable so far.’….That is the whole premise of the show….that is exactly what he is supposed to be…..the story is how this unfolds….
    Doctor Doctor is listed as being repeated on Sunday night at 9.30PM. on 9/9HD….which is when I will watch….

  3. Although I agree with others that Offspring was all over the place I still enjoyed watching most eps. There should be at least 1 more season where Nina finally finds someone and sticks with them, Mick is back and creates a family with Billy and bring in a few new members who feature most eps 🙂

  4. Was a big fan of Offspring but really hope they don’t bring it back again next year. This past season was pretty terrible and another hashed up season of it will only tarnish the brand even more. They should have rested it after season 5. The plotting and writing was terrible this year and there was zero chemistry between nina and her new love interest at all.

  5. The Durrells flopped last night. Too much competition in that slot plus Seven burning it off at two eps per week contributed to its demise. I am surprised Ten is not showing Wrong Girl next week, giving Doctor Doctor an easy leg up. Why the one week wait?

  6. Think that Free to Air Channels might have to look for other types of drama’s instead of medical or police ones etc. as It appears that not too many viewers are interested in them any more and there are many other types of drama’s that can be more appealing.

  7. I watched the first episode of Doctor Doctor on 9Now earlier this werk so i wouldn’5 miss the Offspring finale. I’ll definitely be tuning in for the next DD ep next week though, as i really enjoyed it.

  8. Doctor Doctor seemed incredibly lazy to me establishing a completely unlikely set-up from the first minute and it was really downhill from there. All the actors struggled with its clichés and Roger Corser, a pretty bland actor needed much better writing before we would ever believe he was the hot shot cardiologist exiled to the country. Seems pretty ill conceived and be surprised if it has legs.

  9. The Durrells is a superb series wasted on 7 and deserving a larger commercial free audience on the ABC. And to market it as another Downton Abbey ! Nothing could be further from the truth. Obviously nobody in marketing had watched any of it or read a page of anything by the Durrells.

    • Agree about Doctor Doctor.
      Wanted to like it but terribly clichéd and quite unconvincing.
      Didn’t quite gel for me. Yes, found it boring in parts too.
      I normally like Rodger Corsair but he’s just too smug and unlikeable so far.
      Northern Exposure did this genre so much better…

  10. Good to see Offspring numbers lift. I had noticed in timeshifted numbers it attracts up to another 200,000+ viewers, so will be interesting to see who wins out in the drama stakes. I taped Doctor, Doctor – why try a new show, when the finale of your favourite show airs in the same slot. I noticed Wrong Girl doesn’t start for 2 weeks so Doctor, Doctor might have best start next week and get a one week’s lead in.
    I don’t know why they don’t stick to Monday where their dramas usually fall, e.g. HH, LC….
    Good numbers for Gruen, will watch on AB iView. Wednesday seems to be the night of high ratings at the moment.

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